Monday, August 10, 2015

Don Jon (2013)

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Rob Brown, Jeremy Luke, Paul Ben-Victor

A modern day womaniser Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt) relies on a very simple existence, but included in that is a regime of sex and porn. Jon believes he is more satisfied by porn and masturbation than with any girl. When he finally gets his chance with dream woman Barbara (Johansson), can Jon resist the temptation of old habits?

Don Jon. Don Juan. Get it? This very impressive writer/director debut from Gordon-Levitt has a great deal to say and doesn't pussyfoot around the core subject matter; is porn considered cheating? There's also a great deal of nostalgia here, not just Tony Danza, and the production design is a reflection of how times in the real world haven't changed all that much while around us, everything is changing.

Gordon-Levitt really lets loose, literally, which generally makes the other actors have an all-in-or-nothing approach that works in the films favour. An example of where it doesn't is Larson's sisterly role that doesn't give her anything to do. Moore is one actor who doesn't hold back and doesn't take things too seriously, an element that has lead to hugely successful career. Kudos to Johansson too who will definitely make an impression on many men around the world. Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum and Cuba Gooding Jr. appear in cameos.


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